If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES is a bestseller based on the “ten rules for being human” developed for a workshop twenty-five years ago by Cherie Carter-Scott, a personal growth and professional training entrepreneur, and first published in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL, which was another bestseller. The basic message of the book is that human behavior is under our conscious control—life is a learning experience in which there are no mistakes, only lessons, that must be repeated, and we can all have a more satisfying and fulfilling life if we will rely on our inner wisdom and practice Carter- Scott’s ten rules.

This small book (there are only 141 pages) is divided into ten sections corresponding to the ten rules for being human: 1) You will receive a body; 2) You will be presented with lessons; 3) There are no mistakes, only lessons; 4) Lessons are repeated until learned; 5) Learning does not end; 6) “There” is no better than “here”; 7) Others are only mirrors of you; 8) What you make of your life is up to you; 9) All the answers lie inside of you; and 10) You will forget all of this at birth. Each section is comprised of one to two pages of inspirational insights and anecdotes dealing with related topics. For example, the first section, You will receive a body, deals with acceptance, self-esteem, respect, and pleasure.

Like the Bible and other great world literature meant to guide us, this enjoyable and highly readable book contains profound, yet very simple, principles, that we need to be reminded of in order to get along with other people and enjoy a meaningful life.